Mild tweaking in 1991 was only meant to better capture the program offerings at two locations; Fisher Technical College became the Fisher Institute of Applied Arts and Technology, and Western Community College became Western College of Applied Arts and Technology.
It was in 1992 that the next major restructuring took place. On the heels of the collapse of the Northern Cod Fishery, the provincial college system was realigned to better meet the demands of over 35,000 fishers and plant workers from over 400 coastal communities who had lost their employment due to the moratorium – an event which marked the largest industrial closure in Canadian history.
The provincial government decided to establish a larger organization province-wide that year, introducing five Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology and Continuing Education, formed from the two institutes and five Community Colleges. These new colleges were named Cabot College, Eastern College, Central Newfoundland Community College, Westviking College and Labrador College. Each college was representative of a regional area with each having multiple campus sites, and in the case of Labrador, smaller satellite office spaces serving Coastal Labrador.